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Maple Leaf quilt block flag

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Maple Leaf quilt block flag

In honour of our National Flag Day here in Canada, and especially this year, which is the 50th anniversary of the flag, I made my own little quilty version.  And yes, I’m posting it a few days late!  It’s the thought that counts.  Besides, if you decide to make one, it will be great for Canada Day this summer.  Here are some stats that I found on the government website about our Canadian Heritage.  A brief history lesson (it’s good for me since I didn’t grow up in Canada):

According to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700 when, before the coming of the first European settlers, Canada’s aboriginal peoples had discovered the food properties of maple sap, which they gathered every spring.   In August 1860, at a public meeting held in Toronto, the maple leaf was adopted as the national emblem of Canada for use in the decorations for the Prince of Wales’ visit.   In 1914, many Canadian soldiers wore the maple leaf on their military badges, and it was the dominant symbol used by many Canadian regiments serving in the Great World War I.  Red and white were approved as Canada’s official colours in the proclamation of the royal arms of Canada in 1921 by King George V.  In 1964, the Government made the creation of a distinctive Canadian flag a priority.  When Parliament could not reach agreement on the design, the task of finding a national flag was given to an all-party Parliamentary committee.  After considering thousands of proposals for flags submitted by Canadians, the committee chose three final designs.  It was the single leaf, red and white design that the Committee recommended to Parliament. The motion was passed to adopt this design as the National Flag of Canada with a vote of 163 to 78 on December 15, 1964.

On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was just two years away from centennial celebrations when the maple leaf flag was made official by Royal Proclamation. In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.  February 15, 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada.

We are a young country, but it still surprised me that our flag is so very young!  I’ll have to ask my Dad if he remembers when the flag was adopted! 😉

In order to celebrate, I searched around online to find a maple leaf quilt block that I could sew up with some cute red fabric my sister gave me.  I found that Anjeanette Klinder had posted a tutorial for a very lovely maple leaf block table runner.  Another cool thing was that her maple leaves were made from charm packs, love that idea, but I as yet have no charm packs!  Anyways, the all-red leaf was what I was going for, you know, for flag day.  So I followed her instructions…mostly.  I’m not so good at quilty math and stuff like that, so the middle point on my leaf didn’t turn out like hers, I kind of just eyeballed it instead of following her geometrical directions! 🙂  I have really been having fun piecing together quilt block designs.  Love the way squares sewn together become fairly easy points and triangles!  Here is a quick step-by-step of how the sewing up of the maple leaf happened (sew and flip):maple leaf quilt block flag by dennasideas.com - Page 001

Then after playing around with the outer edges of the block (should I keep it square?), my daughter liked the more traditional flag-shaped rectangle, so I went for this idea, appliqued a stem, and added jumbo rickrack to the sides (because jumbo rick rack is just so jumbo and awesome!):maple leaf quilt block flag by dennasideas.com - Page 004Quilting powers activate!!!  I’ve been practicing, and this was a great project to practice quilting on.  I don’t have a walking foot or darning foot, so no free-handed stuff!  It’s all start and stop and turn and start, so the straight sides of the leaf were good to practice echo quilting on.maple leaf quilt block flag by dennasideas.com - Page 005I did what Anjeanette suggested and added extra batting under the leaf.  Another close-up.  Hey, not perfect, but great practice, and I just LOVE THE RED AND WHITE!!!maple leaf quilt block flag by dennasideas.com - Page 006maple leaf quilt block flag by dennasideas.com - Page 002I added tabs so we could hang this little flag up on the wall, and there it hangs!  O Canada!  Happy Flag Day!

P.S.  I even used Canadian spelling for this patriotic post!  Did you notice?  (I usually spell American style)

St. Paddy’s Day Green Mason Jar Desserts

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A sweet little green dessert packed in serving-sized mason jars!  For half of the winter I’ve been looking forward to celebrating the green…the green of spring.  There is no green around here.  Amazingly, the snow has started melting a lot and we can see grass, it’s just not green yet.  Seriously, it’s been about 12 years since we’ve had nice weather to be outdoors for my daughter’s bday next week.  It has always been winter weather, usually snowing.  So bring on some shamrocks, rainbows and a whole huge pot of gold!  Spring is in the air!
St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com Extra bonus for you: 5 minute shamrocks:  use a heart punch.  punch. glue together, or not.  There you go.St Paddy's Day easy to DIY shamrocks  dennasideas.com Enough with the decorating, back to the desserts…St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com

My Mom gave me a flat of little mason jars, I’ve had so much fun with them!  They are the perfect size for individual desserts.  So instead of making a big trifle with the pound cake I baked the other day, I made these jar desserts for each of us.  It wasn’t very difficult to fill the jars.  All you need is cake, whipped cream, jello and some fruit slices.  The other day I baked up a vanilla pound cake, the old fashioned kind, and tinted it green.  (any kind of cake should work).  I sliced the pound cake up then cut out circles with a cookie cutter.  Mix up some green gelatin/jelly jello, I used lime flavor.  Use a tiny bit less water than called for, and do the ice cube method to cool it off faster.  Add a few spoonfuls of jello to each jar, then let it set up (I stuck them into the freezer for a bit) while you are cutting the cake into circles and whipping the cream (or Cool Whip will work).  The rest of the jello went into the fridge to start setting up.

St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com So, jello, a round of cake, a squeeze of whip cream.  Then slice up some kiwis and chop each slice in half.  Set them in the jars against the side (so you can see them!), then fill up the hollow with some jello when it is half-set, so it is still kind of blobby and pourable.  Then another layer of cake and some whipped cream.  Let them sit for as long as possible in the fridge (overnight is best. Especially if the cake was a little stale!)  When I open them up, I’ll add another slice of kiwi on top.  I love that these jars have lids, so easy to pop into the refrigerator.  They would be great to take on a picnic (if the weather was nice enough!), or even for the kids’ lunches (if I was nice enough!)St Paddy's Day green mason jar desserts with kiwi and lime jello and pound cake by dennasideas.com My favorite Irish band has a new release today! yay! And here’s a great watch for today:

Easy Pink Dough Valentines for Preschoolers

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An easy way for toddlers and preschoolers to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Pink dough to play with!  Mix up a quick batch of pink colored dough and break out the heart cookie cutters!  The recipe I used is at the end of the post.  Here’s my nostalgic look back at my babies busy at work on their “Valentines”Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 008We’re going to make something!Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 007Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 005Squish that pinkness!Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 004The idea was to get them to make a Valentine on the table, then I would photograph it as their “valentines” for Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa.Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 006And that’s what we did.Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 002Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 001It was a lot of very pink fun!  I had to play a bit, too….Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 003Here’s the recipe I use for play dough:

2 and 1/2 cups of white all purpose flour   (I’ve tried it with whole wheat flour, and let’s just say…No!)

1 cup of salt  (fine, not coarse)

2 small packages of Kool Aid  (the ones without real sugar)  this is optional. if you don’t have Kool Aid, then add food coloring

3 tsp. vegetable oil  (canola oil is good)

2 cups of boiling water

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the boiling water.  Stir it all together very well and turn out onto a surface where you can knead it a bit.  It will be hot, so let it cool a bit before kneading.  Then knead away until it becomes smooth.  When it’s cool enough, the kids can start playing.  As soon as it’s cool enough, either play with it or seal it in plastic bags so it doesn’t start drying out.  This will last for quite awhile in a sealed bag.   Note:  the Kool Aid is just for easy color and aroma!  We used cherry for Valentine’s day.  If the kids love the smell so much that they taste it, it won’t hurt them at all, just a little salty.  If there’s worry about the flour, then I’d say don’t add the Kool Aid and then it won’t smell appetizing enough for little ones to put into their mouths!

Fun for the kids to make, and the photos are easy to send to everyone online, no mess, no snail mail! 😉  Just digital cuteness from the kids!  Happy ❤ weekend!

3D Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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3D Cookies for Valentine’s Day

How do you say Happy Valentine’s Day to those you love?  Flowers, candy, cards, or some even bigger display?  Or do you prefer to do something special together?  Or is it one of those days that just slips by?  I saw a funny “quote” the other day.  It was a photo from Star Wars and the caption was “I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day Han’s style….Solo!”  Maybe that’s more you 🙂

We don’t make a super big hoohaw about Valentine’s Day, a few special things, like maybe chocolate or sometimes flowers.  I’m usually in favor of homemade or home-printed Valentines.  (OK, I admit sometimes I put way too much work into the “homemade” Valentines that the kids take to school.  But this year, I put in 10 minutes of work on a printable, and then they are on their own, I’m just too tired,with a been there, done that  kind of feeling).  Anwyays, I came up with a brilliant idea that I think will make a memorable Valentine’s Day for us this year:  The kids are in charge of making and serving supper for my husband and I.  Sounds a tad dangerous, but I intend to enjoy it!  We’ll see how it goes…3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 003

After having said that, I admit I did make a few Valentine’s cookies.  I had the dough in the fridge and a few more M&Ms from the last couple of posts! 🙂  And I had these cute letter cookie cutters to try out!  (A fun gift from a friend)  So here goes a little tutorial for some fairly easy, but attention-getting cookies.

Ingredients:  chocolate cookie dough and candy melts (I use Wilton brand) and letter cookie cutters (or just freehand it) and small heart cutters.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 015Amor= love in Spanish 😉  Galletas=Cookies!   Cut out letters and a bunch of small or medium hearts for bases.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 014Bake and let cool…..cool!3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 013Melt up some red and white candy melts and get ready to pipe them out of baggies with only a tiny corner snipped off…3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 012Squeeze strings of candy melt out while moving back and forth over all the letters.  Repeat with next color.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 011Then pick up each letter and break off the extra bits of candy melt off the sides, this is really easy and works well.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 0103D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 009Line up the letters and the bases, some letters need two hearts for their bases.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 008Use some more candy melt to attach the bases, I used dark cocoa candy melts (only took 3 melts)3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 0073D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 006Holding the letters in place for about 5 seconds was mostly enough to balance the letters, but if necessary, prop them up for a bit…3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 005The candy melts set up quite quickly.  Here’s the bird’s eye view:3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 004And there you go!  The letters are quite sturdy and just so fun looking!  Great for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 002Oh wait!  Since you have the cookie dough out, and maybe a few extra cookies baked, go ahead and decorate some more for your centerpiece.  Here’s how I did it with Nutella and M&Ms using the same idea from the other day’s post:pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 020 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 019 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 018 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 017 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 016 candy valentingecookies by dennasideas.com - Page 019The kids wanted to cut out some Os and Xs for hugs and kisses, so I used up the last of the red M&Ms on these:candy valentingecookies by dennasideas.com - Page 016And here’s one for you from me (sorry it’s not edible but I’m all about digital stuff)happy valentines day from dennasideas.com

I’d love to hear from you if you try out some of my little cookie techniques! 🙂

Easy Lego Cookies for a Lego themed party

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Since I had a big bag of mini M&Ms sitting around my kitchen, I decided to try out some more cookies.  Colorful M&Ms always remind me of Lego bricks….and it’s no coincidence that I’m thinking about Lego right about now, when The Lego Movie just came out in theaters..still haven’t seen it, but it’s on my wish list…Mini MnMs by dennasideas.com - Page 001So while I wait to see it, I made some easy Lego brick cookies.  And yes, photos in this post may possibly resemble photos in my last post.  I’m ok with that.how to make easy Lego brick cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 004The only ingredients you need for these easy cookies are:  cookies, mini M&Ms and candy melts (or possibly icing and maybe some Nutella, depends how far you want to go with this).how to make easy Lego brick cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 012Roll out your cookie dough and straighten off the edges, then cut into small rectangles.  I used this chocolate cookie dough recipe, but you can use your favorite dough. You might want to lay out 2 rows of 3 M&M candies to see exactly what size you want your rectangles.   If you really wanted to go crazy with these cookies, you could use a vanilla recipe, then add food coloring to the dough so that the actual cookie would be the color of the lego brick! cool! But too much work for today.

So after you bake up the little rectangle cookies (about 7 minutes), when they have cooled you just ice them and stick M&Ms on them.  Easy!  I tried to melt all my different colors of candy melts in just a few baggies, so that I could pipe the melts onto the cookies.  Well, that didn’t work out for me….how to make easy Lego brick cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 002They melted right through the bags and glooped all over the plate.  In the end I just scraped up the goopy candy melts and spread them onto the cookies.  For a brown Lego brick, I used Nutella instead of candy melt, yum!how to make easy Lego brick cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 011Just add the M&Ms before the candy melts set up.   That’s all.  Really.  That’s it.  Now to eat them!how to make easy Lego brick cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 003how to make easy Lego brick cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 001disclaimer:  this is only easy if you have M&Ms and candy melts.  If you have to go out and buy everything, then it’s not so easy.  BUT if you were having a Lego themed party, and even only wanted to make, let’s say, red and yellow bricks, then you’d only have to buy 2 colors of candy melts.  Or if you only wanted brown Lego bricks, then you only need Nutella.  But then you’d still have to get lots of M&Ms….anyway.  It does happen to be a win-win situation though, since both M&Ms and candy melts (oh, and Nutella) will keep for quite awhile and you can bring them out for your next special baking event.  And make some slightly different looking cookies…..maybe like these ones….Mini M and M cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 001

Winter Olympics Cookies with M&Ms and my fav Olympic events

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Winter Olympics Cookies with M&Ms and my fav Olympic events

We have been enjoying watching some of the events in the Winter Olympics in Sochi!  Ahhh, the Olympics….such a colorful event.  This year there is definitely a lot of extra fodder for conversation around the supper table.  I guess these Olympics just highlight what we are capable of as humans….the best and the worst, the agony and the ecstasy, the good the bad and the ugly.  Obviously I’m not just referring to the sports themselves…

Well that’s enough deep thinking and introspection for a Monday morning, now let’s think about cookies.  I just downed a few bites of these Olympic Rings cookies with a cup of tea.  Nice.  Nice and chocolaty.  Now Let me introduce you to one of my favorite sports: decorating sweet things with other sugary sweet things to make an edible artwork of colorful awesomeness.  This easy-to-make cookie will thrill your Olympic fans.  The triple chocolate effect comes from a great chocolate roll-out cookie dough recipe, Nutella and M&Ms.  A perfect combination.

Here is a breakdown of my easy, do-able sports event:

Search for some M&M’s, the mini kind, sometimes labeled as baking M&Ms. Usually found in the scoop and weigh area of the grocery or candy store, if not already stashed away in your pantry.  You will cringe at the price, but the mini size is important.how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comNext, mix up a batch of LilaLoa’s The End All for Chocolate Cookies recipe, (even the name is yummy).  And lastly, grab your ever-ready jar of Nutella or other similar chocolaty hazelnutty spread.  Ok, truth be told, even chocolate icing would work perfectly fine.

Here’s where the Olympic part comes in:  The idea is to frost a cookie with chocolate, then add candies to decorate, candies in the shape of the Olympic rings.  This might seem easier said than done, so I’ve made a little tutorial on how to almost painlessly accomplish this feat of sporting awesomeness.  (Yes, these are the Olympic events that I would enter in a perfect sporting world….the Sugar Sports: chocolate-eating contests, dough mixing, and the 10-minute cookie-decorating-athalon)

First let’s make a pattern to follow.  Draw those Olympic Rings!!  I traced the smallest juice glass I could find.how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comGet your dough ready so it can bake while you outline.  Roll out the dough and cut in into a rectangle that will fit your pattern.  I cut around a rectangle paper pattern (actually made after I did the rings) with a pizza cutter.  This chunky mama cookie measured in at 8 1/2 by 5 inches (21 1/2 by 12 1/2 cm)!how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comLet the dough bake for about 8 to 10 minutes (you want a slightly harder cookie so it doesn’t collapse under the weight of all the sweetness!) while you sit and outline the rings in M&Ms.  (but don’t forget to check on the cookie at about 7 minutes!)how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comTip:  this is important to remember, do the colors backwards!  We are going to transfer this onto the cookie, so flip the way the colors are supposed to be.  I actually did them from right to left, so I wouldn’t confuse myself too much.  And if you are picky about the end result, make sure the side of the M&Ms with the M is facing up!!!   Oh, I also lined my pattern with wax paper so the M&Ms wouldn’t be touching the marker strokes.  Here’s a photo to copy from (THE COLORS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FLIPPED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE!  so just copy this:)how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comIt didn’t take very long, honestly….well, kind of depends how many handfuls of orange M&Ms you keep throwing into your mouth while you work….. now check that cookie in the oven!!  When the cookie is totally cooled, spread it with a uniform layer of chocolate….(Nutella!)how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comReady?  Set…..how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.com

Go!  Flip!  This is the trickiest part….flip the cookie chocolate-spread-side down and hold over the M&M design, then quickly but lightly set it onto the M&Ms…how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comMove it just slightly, hopefully to pick up all the candies.  Hold your breathe and…..lift straight up!!!  Now one last flip!!!!how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comWhew, that was a nerve wracking moment!  And she did it with only one M&M deduction!!!  An almost perfect score!!  Yay me!  (my other designs had more M&M deductions, but they were easy to pick up and place onto the cookie).

Such a proud Olympic moment:how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comAnd an even prouder Winter Olympic moment:how to make Olympic ring cookies with M&Ms and Nutella by dennasideas.comCoconut snow!  We are surrounded by snow today, snow and Olympic events, and now also by M&M cookies (which are disappearing way faster than the snow).  Oh yeah, so what are my favorite Olympic events (other than chocolate events)?  The pairs ice skating of course!!  I just love watching the routines they come up with, the innovation, reviewing everyone’s costume, the grace and quick thinking and skating…..and especially eating cookies while I watch all that exercise!  Yay ice skating!!

(ahhg, why is my head buzzing?)

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The Magician’s Nephew: How to make Narnia Ring cookies

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The Magician’s Nephew: How to make Narnia Ring cookies

The Magician’s Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, and I’ve always thought that it’s my favorite.  “It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.”  (Though every time I start reading any book from the series, I think this one is my favorite!)  Can you tell I’ve got Narnia on the brain?  Let’s start at the very beginning….

When I first thought of having a Narnia theme around here, I thought: a display.  Then I thought: baking.  That’s how my brain works.  How to display something edible with a theme.  That’s what it’s all about, people!

So in today’s post I have our first display, for the first book, The Magician’s Nephew.  The book starts out with two children named Polly and Digory exploring an old house, and accidentally ending up in Uncle Andrew’s study.  He is a magician, or magician wanna-be and has supposedly found a way to travel to a different world.  Or at least he thinks it’s possible, but has only tried it out on a guinea pig, who unfortunately can’t tell anything about his experiences in the other world!  So Uncle Andrew needs someone else to try it out!  But not himself, of course!  He offers to let Polly have one of the lovely shiny yellow rings that are humming on a red wooden tray on his desk….The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.com

I love the image of the red wooden tray with the shiny green and yellow rings!  I knew that it had to be a part of my display.  I had already decided to start off with things that would remind me of Uncle Andrew’s study.  I dug around in our basement and found some old-looking and even just large books.  Some old candlesticks, an ancient globe, anything that looked old.   (I wanted sealing wax and an old microscope, but didn’t have them on hand!)  My old wooden “treasure chest” with safari animals on it was perfect, representing the secret box where Uncle Andrew first found the dust from another world, and the safari animals were perfect graphics for the animals who burst out of the ground in the new land of Narnia!  There are a few other symbols in here that weren’t from the study, but just appeared in the rest of the book (like the golden apple, but more on that later!)The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.com

Back to the red tray….I thought a lot about it.  How to do it?  I didn’t want to buy anything for this project, (except the special plastic animals, in this case, the winged horse).  A picture frame could work as a tray….yay, found one from an old school award.  Next step: to paint.  My son was happy to help me out with this project and painted the frame and a piece of cardboard red.  After that, we added some wood-look lines and a few sprays of glimmery paint, then a bit of distressing with brown paint.  I really really wanted to make handles for this tray, and spent a lot of brain power on it, but didn’t end up having the time.  Assemble the frame without the glass, presto, a tray!The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.com

Next: the rings.  That took a lot of thought, and it wasn’t till the last minute that I thought of making cookies.  But how perfect  (much better than another idea of cutting up paper rolls from toilet paper).  Here are the cookies, step by step.  Many of the photos were taken by my son, as those are my awkward-looking hands in the photos.  For the cookies, I used the End-All for chocolate cookies recipe from Lilaloa, so yummmy, and melted Wilton candy melts for the icing.

Cut out small circles cookies.  They are about 1 and 1/2 inch cookies.The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comMelt up some black candy melts in a small baggie and snip off a corner.  Outline 2 circles per cookie.The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comThe Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.com(When I saw these photos I realized how strangely I hold the icing bags! ha!  And don’t worry, that is fresh chocolate candy melt under my fingernail!)The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comWith yellow candy melts, snip off a bigger corner and fill in outlines that have already set.  Then go for the green!The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comBefore the “icing” on each cookie had set, I added a small white line for a bit of a “shine” on one side of each ring.  Then later when they were set and hardened, added a white asterisk to make it look like a sparkle.  Can’t leave well enough alone,  I wanted more shine.  I painted on a bit of silver sparkle, too.  It went faster than it sounds.  Really.The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comAll that spiffing up and you can hardly notice…. !  The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comSet out the rings in pairs of yellow and green on the red tray!  We’re ready to travel to the Wood between the Worlds and on to Narnia…The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.com(My son was practicing some fancy photography techniques…)  This is how Polly must have felt when she touched the yellow ring….The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.com“They were no bigger than ordinary rings, and no one could help noticing them because they were so bright.  They were the most beautifully shiny little things you can imagine.  If Polly had been a very little younger she would have wanted to put one in her mouth.”  (I have always loved that description!)The Magician's Nephew: The Chrionicles of Narnia, Book 1.  How to make Narnia Ring cookies by dennasideas.comI think the “funnest” part about these ring cookies, was sending them to school in my kids’ lunches, then asking them if they had whisked off to Narnia during Math class!!! 😉